If you want to wear some narrower shoes for a special occaision, I highly recommend a gel bunion-protector. These fit round the big toe, and sit over the bunion, which acts as an extra layer of skin and protects the bunion from friction from footwear. These can be used and washed many times and can be bought from most pharmacies for about £2.50. Remedies such as corn paints or corn cap plasters contain acid that are supposed to ‘eat away’ the corn, but the chemical can not tell what is corn and what is normal – it will eat what ever you put it on.
Tailor’s bunion, also called a bunionette, is a prominence of the fifth metatarsal bone at the base of the little toe. The metatarsals are the five long bones of the foot. The prominence that characterizes a tailor’s bunion occurs at the metatarsal “head,” located at the far end of the bone where it meets the toe. Tailor’s bunions are not as common as bunions, which occur on the inside of the foot, but they are similar in symptoms and causes. Regardless of the cause, the symptoms of a tailor’s bunion are usually aggravated by wearing shoes that are too narrow in the toe, producing constant rubbing and pressure.
I have to be honest – my wife was a serious runner long before I ever was. In fact, she was a runner when I first met her in college. However, she runs for very different reasons than I now do – she’s not competitive, she hates racing, and she’s quite happy just to do her standard 3 miles as a way to relax and cut loose for a bit. Get a large pair of socks (or two) for when your bandages come off. I appreciated having a roomy sock to put on when I got rid of my bandage so my scar/stitches didn’t rub too much against the sock.
You must keep the dressing dry and can use the bath with the foot hung out of the tub or sponge bath. If you must use the shower you will need to apply a plastic bag around the foot and tape it at the top. There are excellent cast protector products available locally at pharmacies or online from Amazon (Duro-Med). However, it is hard to keep the dressing absolutely dry and some leakage may occur. If the dressing gets a little wet allow it to dry. If you haven’t got a bunion by adulthood and you later develop one, there could be some underlying arthritis. What can a podiatrist do?
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Besides footwear, there are other factors also which can cause these toe deformities. Hereditary factors (congenital causes), arthritic changes in and around toe joint, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis (more common in women), weak ligament, excessive pronation (flattening of foot arch due to excess pressure on foot tissue and joints) and nerve impingement can also cause bunions. External factors like foot injury may also result in toe deformity. Using bunion splints can effectively reduce the swelling caused by bunions. They are to be placed between the big toe and second toe when sleeping and they help in straightening the misalignment of toe bone caused by bunions. Bunion shields can also be used.
Guavas – Guavas may be hard to find but most of the health food markets that are springing up all over the US will carry them. Guavas contain more lycopene than almost any other fruit, but what does that mean for you? Lycopene is an antioxidant that targets such conditions as prostate cancer, breast cancer and coronary artery disease. It is packed with Vitamin C and potassium as well. Eating this deliciously healing tropical fruit daily is a natural way to protect your body against cancers and disease. Soak the feet for at least 10-15 minutes to allow time for the skin to soften and to loosen dry flakey skin.
Now that we are all up to date on how we got to finally getting surgery, let’s get into the good stuff! The actual bunion surgery experience. Because this is where maybe this blog will help someone who is going through post op, about to have the surgery or thinking about it get a real perspective from a patient. Not a doctor or medical review telling what is “going” to happen but what happens in my actual experience. I may be a length writer as well but I would have appreciated something like this to read prior to surgery to ease my fears.